or im·post·er syn·drome
[ im-pos-ter sin-drohm ]
/ ɪmˈpɒs tər ˌsɪn droʊm /
anxiety or self-doubt that results from persistently undervaluing one’s competence and active role in achieving success, while falsely attributing one's accomplishments to luck or other external forces.
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Origin of impostor syndrome
Coined by Pauline Rose Clance (U.S. psychologist) and Suzanne Imes (U.S. psychologist) in a psychology journal article “The Imposter Phenomenon in High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention” in 1978
Also called im·pos·tor phe·nom·e·non, im·post·er phe·nom·e·non [im-pos-ter fuh-nom-uh-non, ‐nuhn] /ɪmˈpɒs tər fəˌnɒm əˌnɒn, ‐nən/.
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